I could tell you a ton about how I got here. How photography became my passion. How I found my authentic voice in this world from telling stories from behind my camera. How it all started because a zen monk couldn’t train me, so I picked up a camera instead. I could tell you those stories. But that’s not who I am, or at least that doesn’t cover the whole story, they are simply things I have done.
Who am I?
First things first, I swear and I sometimes cuss. There is a difference, and if you’d like to know what it is, feel free to ask. But if I drop one here or there in my writing or in my speech, I do it because that is part of who I am. I carry a sailor’s dictionary, but don’t know shit about sailing. See, there is one right there!
Being from Philadelphia (not an Eagles fan, sorry not sorry), I make healthy use of sarcasm. I feel life is often treated as way too serious, so I find my own ways to lighten it when I can.
Some people have said I have a knack for telling stories, specifically long ones. So I do not possess an art for brevity as I find the details of any situation to be worthwhile to tell, they add texture to the story.
By now you should be able to guess what I may say next, which is that in the end I am a storyteller. Whether in written form or in visual, I am always trying to share part of me with you. Weddings are always the couples’ story, but the photos are my interpretation of their story as the day unfolds.
Some of my core beliefs:
About a year ago, a friend took me on a really interesting journey, basically to figure out my purpose. During this process of introspection and writing down thoughts, I came up with what I see as my core beliefs and a year has gone by and I feel very much the same about them.
Perspective is everything until you realize it can change, and then the reality of change is everything.
When you love something, you fight for it.
Sometimes we need to trust in and respect the process.
Laughter is the best distraction.
This is not the end.
The sight of the mountains will always bring me home.
Between snow and sand, I will always choose snow.
Dogs rule, cats scratch.
Why do any of this?
It took me 34 years to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. It took me 36 years to realize I had a real photographic voice that resonated with people. It took me two more years to almost lose everything that means anything to me as I derived all of my self-worth from what I did behind my camera, and two more years to fix that and begin finding self-worth and pride for the connections I maintain with those around me.
I do this to show my boys that you can absolutely do what you love for a living. I do this because I love the relationships I build with my couples, whether they only lead up to their wedding day or if they continue on beyond that. I do this because of the feeling I get from it, not the money, though the money is nice, albeit hard earned. I do this because it’s the only thing I’m really fucking good at. I do this to experience other people’s lives, and to connect with them on a deeper level than pretty pictures. And I do this because, if I didn’t I have no idea what I would be doing.
Just because I love details:
Chapin is actually my middle name, my actual last name is Brophy. I was named after my great-grandfather. And because I am somewhat neurotic, I didn’t like the -phy in my last name rhyming with the -phy in photography. So here we are.
If I was stuck on a desert island with only one food it would be the breakfast burrito with chicken and sausage from Roberto’s in Del Mar, CA.
I made it through high school only reading one book cover to cover, and that was The Odyssey. Needless to say, I was not an excellent student, but damn did I love that book! I have an adventurers soul, like Peter Pan without tights and I don’t like heights.
As a kid, I wanted to be a veterinarian, As a teen, I wanted to be a snowboard instructor. In college, I wanted to be a psychologist. Yet here I am, a photographer.
I have 8 tattoos, soon to be 9 and likely more as I go. Feel free to ask me about them.
IPAs > Stouts // Tacos > Sandwiches // Hugs > Handshakes // Mountains > Beaches
Favorite quote: “You get what you give” - No idea who said it first and I refuse to accept it was the New Radicals, but it is 100% true.
Maybe that really resonated with you, and maybe it didn’t and that’s okay. Though if it did, and you’d like to hire me for your wedding, you can contact me below.